Best of AP — Honorable Mention


Exclusive, all-formats access to a major DEA raid

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Drug Enforcement Administration agents and intelligence analysts gather information from field operations across the country from their command center in Chantilly, Va., during coordinated “Project Python” raids, March 11, 2020. – AP Photo / Andrew Harnik

Justice Department reporter Michael Balsamo secured exclusive access to a nationwide raid by the Drug Enforcement Administration targeting a Mexican drug cartel, winning strong play on a day otherwise dominated by the coronavirus and the previous night’s political primary results. Balsamo’s story was richly illustrated by photographer Richard Vogel’s stark and stunning photos from the raid scene east of Los Angeles, Andrew Harnik’s photos that conveyed the urgency within the DEA’s Virginia command center, and raid video from freelance video journalist Aron Ranen.

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